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Magnalight LED10W-6R-HT

September 9, 2011 9:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Magnalight LED10W-6R-HT from Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) is a durable and compact LED light that offers high light output and a combined handle and magnetic mounting system to provide both mobility and secure mounting of the unit on any surface that will accept a magnet. This lightweight LED light produces 5,400 lumens and is capable of throwing a light beam over 600 feet, yet uses less than half the amount of electrical power as comparable incandescent lamps.


DFense Blok Quick Patch

September 9, 2011 9:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

New DFense Blok Quick Patch from ITW Devcon (Danvers, MA) is the only ceramic bead-filled wear and abrasion epoxy formulated for emergency repairs to processing equipment, even in severe conditions. With a working time of 4 minutes and a fast cure time (functional cure in just 30 minutes), DFense Blok Quick Patch is ideal for the emergency patching and repairing of holes, leaks, and cracks.


DAYLube High Performance Grease

September 9, 2011 9:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

New DAYLube high performance grease from Dayton Progress Corporation (Dayton, OH) uses nano-ceramic particles which act as sub-microscopic ball bearings to provide continuous lubrication to steel surfaces, and is especially suited for metalworking applications. With a low coefficient of friction at all temperatures, chemically inert DAYLube is also environmentally friendly.


SPIROL Expanded Disc Spring Line

September 9, 2011 9:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

SPIROL International Corporation (Danielson, CT) has expanded their disc spring product line to include larger sizes per DIN 2093 Group 2 (now available up to 250 millimeters in diameter) and a full range of stainless steel discs. SPIROL disc springs’ performance characteristics are predictable and the minimum life cycle can be calculated.


StacoVAR Mini

September 9, 2011 9:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

The StacoVAR Mini from Staco Energy Products (Dayton, OH) is an automatic power factor correction bank which maintains the desired power factor level by using the microprocessor based controller to adjust to system load conditions. Rugged metalized poly-propylene dry type capacitors are placed in a compact enclosure, allowing this bank to fit in a small footprint.


BTU1100-HE Portable Combustion Analyzer

September 9, 2011 9:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new, updated BTU1100-HE Portable Combustion Analyzer High Efficiency Kit from E Instruments International (Langhorne, PA) is an all-in-one kit designed to meet the growing needs of mechanical contractors, plumbers, and boiler technicians. The BTU1100-HE High Efficiency Kit includes: Incoming air smart probe Field-replaceable sensors Built-in printer (non-thermal) Unbreakable metal connections Rechargeable battery and AC charger Built-in manometer, thermometer, and CO leak detector Dual hose (9 feet) and 12 inch probe (gas and draft at same time) For more information, visit www.


Fiat To Sell Doblo Van In U.S., Canada

September 9, 2011 8:51 am | News | Comments

ROME (AP) — Fiat SpA, which controls Chrysler, plans to sell its Doblo van in the U.S. and Canada starting in 2013. The Turin-based automaker said Friday the Fiat Doblo vehicles would be sold under the Ram brand. Fiat said it had signed a letter of understanding with its Turkish joint-venture partner Tofas for the export of 190,000 units under a seven-year-deal.


Air Advocates Say Tougher Regulation Would Spur Jobs

September 9, 2011 8:49 am | by Dylan Lovan, Associated Press | News | Comments

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Clean air advocates on Thursday criticized a decision by the Obama administration to scrap a proposed smog regulation because of the ailing economy, saying the stricter rule would create thousands of jobs in Kentucky and Tennessee. The federal Clean Air Act has encouraged technological advancement and economic growth since it was enacted in the 1970s, said Mary Gade, an environmental consultant.


SC Alcoa Plant To Close Without Lower Power Rate

September 9, 2011 8:46 am | by Bruce Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (AP) — Alcoa Inc. officials said Wednesday that the company's aluminum smelting plant in Goose Creek, S.C. consumes $4 million a week in power and will close at a loss of more than 600 jobs if they can't negotiate a lower rate with Santee Cooper, South Carolina's state-owned electric utility.


GM Exec: Nation Needs To Live Within Its Means

September 9, 2011 8:45 am | by Tom Coyne, Associated Press | News | Comments

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The top executive at General Motors Co. says the nation needs to live within its means, saying both Social Security and Medicare need to be changed and improvements are needed in the public education system. GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson made the remarks during a talk Friday to about 300 University of Notre Dame students about leadership.

Feds Approve Loan Guarantee For CO Solar Plant

September 9, 2011 8:44 am | News | Comments

ALAMOSA, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Energy Department says it has finalized a $90.6 million loan guarantee for the construction of a solar generation project in southern Colorado. Charlotte-based Cogentrix plans to build the 30-megawatt facility near Alamosa. The Department of Energy said Friday that it would be one of the first utility-scale, high concentration photovoltaic generation facilities in the nation and the largest of its kind in the world.

Man Dies In Accident At CAT Plant

September 9, 2011 8:41 am | News | Comments

SOUTH MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) — A worker at the Caterpillar Inc. plant in South Milwaukee has died after he was injured in an accident at the facility. According to a statement from Caterpillar, the man was working in the weld shop area Thursday afternoon when he was struck by a welded structure as it was being moved.


GM Thinks Small To Grow

September 9, 2011 6:13 am | Videos | Comments

GM is investing $500 million to retool one of its Michigan plants to do something the automaker has not done in two decades: produce a sub-compact car in the United States. The Chevrolet Sonic is set to hit showrooms this fall. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


Americans Hungry For A Strong Manufacturing Sector

September 9, 2011 6:09 am | by Emily Stover DeRocco, President, The Manufacturing Institute | Articles | Comments

Americans maintain remarkably consistent views on the importance of manufacturing despite year after year of economic turbulence, according to a new survey from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, with 86 percent of respondents believing that America's manufacturing base is "important" or "very important" to their standard of living.

Don't Drink The Water

September 9, 2011 6:03 am | by David Mantey, Editor, PDD | Blogs | Comments

A stunt by any other name would reek as foul. Recently, one of the few companies to remain living, however infamously, despite continuous bouts with bad press, made a splash in the news when a demonstration from the company’s CEO became a trite example of the company’s ignorance and arrogance.

Invisalign Maker To Move Overseas

September 9, 2011 5:08 am | News | Comments

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The maker of Invisalign clear braces for teeth will close its New Jersey facility next year, eliminating 119 jobs, and move operations overseas to cut costs. Align Technology Inc. expects to save about $4 million per year because of the moves, the company said Wednesday.

American Crystal Says No Issues With Fill-Ins

September 9, 2011 5:06 am | News | Comments

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A spokesman for American Crystal Sugar Co. says there have been no issues with inexperienced replacement workers hired to take over harvesting duties this week. About 1,300 regular workers have been locked out since Aug. 1 after the union and management could not agree on a contract.


Gov Says Too Many Workers Die On Job In WY

September 9, 2011 5:04 am | News | Comments

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Gov. Matt Mead says too many workers die on the job in Wyoming and the state needs to keep working to improve its workplace safety. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reports that the number of occupational fatalities in the state rose to 34 last year.

Haley: SC Unemployment Tied To Grads, Retirees

September 9, 2011 5:02 am | by Jim Davenport, Associated Press | News | Comments

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on Thursday said recent college graduates, cash-strapped retirees, laid-off middle-aged workers and skills shortfalls are at the heart of the state's nearly worst-in-the-nation unemployment rate. Haley, speaking at her hometown Rotary Club in Lexington, also said she wants to require drug testing for people who get the unemployment benefits they've earned while working.

OSHA Cites Manufacturer For Potentially Fatal Violations

September 9, 2011 4:59 am | News | Comments

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Federal workplace safety regulators have proposed $176,000 in fines for potentially fatal safety violations at a Concord manufacturing plant. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Thursday it was proposing the fines for 16 violations at Stowe Woodward LLC's plant.



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